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Old 12-27-2011, 02:28 PM   #1
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Anybody know of a decent, cheaper pump that I can send grains through? I do a lot of decoction mashes and now Ive got into bigger batches were the pot can weigh a ton full of liquor and mash, and Id like to save my back if possible. Any suggestions?



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Old 12-27-2011, 06:12 PM   #2
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Are you talking about getting rid of the spent grain after your mash? The easy way to do it without lifting would be to suck them out with a wet/dry vac.



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Old 12-27-2011, 09:39 PM   #3
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A pump for grains?
A shop vacuum or a dump arm assembly.

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Old 12-27-2011, 10:08 PM   #4
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Are you talking about getting rid of the spent grain after your mash? The easy way to do it without lifting would be to suck them out with a wet/dry vac.
No to move grains from one vessel to another, like moving grain and wort from a mash tun to another vessel for a decoction mash or moving to a lautering tank.
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you might be able to make a conveyor belt or some type of auger system, but you wont find pumps of any type that will pump 10lb of grain. they do exist for pumping huge vats of solids like a 10,000lb mash tun or in sweage treatment tanks, but you wont be finding any of them for any reasonable price that would work on 10 or 20lb of grain.

a shop vac is probably the best idea so far.

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Old 12-28-2011, 06:23 PM   #6
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BIAB - use a bag, then rig up a hoist if you are in a garage or indoors. Outside you can put a ladder over the kettle and hoist with that. Using a bag has multiple benefits, one of which is easier clean up. You don't have to do the BIAB method - just the bag!

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Look for waste pumps. They are used to move toilet solids. Marine ones are smallish and 12V (Jabsco). Check amazon. Make sure to find out max temps.

Macerator pumps grind "stuff" to a slurry for easy pumping, but you probably are not looking for that.

They are not as much money as you think. Most are < $200.

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I know what you mean. I'm in the same boat. Plus you want to eliminate oxygen pickup when moving the decoct. I've been thinking of this http://www.drillspot.com/products/69197/Dayton_4HA38_Drum_Pump
but I don't like that it's not stainless and the temp. rating is rather low. Let me know if you come up with a solution.

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I think you are trying to create a solution to a problem that no one else has...for a reason. How much are you decocting? You shouldn't be decocting the entire mash, so you shouldn't need to lift a full MT/MLT.

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I think you are trying to create a solution to a problem that no one else has...for a reason. How much are you decocting? You shouldn't be decocting the entire mash, so you shouldn't need to lift a full MT/MLT.
Well, he did say "the pot can weigh a ton full of liquor and mash" (what's that - around 8 bbls pre boil?) so even if he's doing "thirds" he's still moving around nearly 700 pounds of mash.

'Course, if he wasn't being literal about that tun weight, all bets are off

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